Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's top political allies were arrested by the military on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after it took control of the country, sources including family members said.
Those who have so far been arrested include Finance and Economic Development Minister Ignatius Chombo, Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who is also Zanu PF's national political commissar, as well as Mugabe’s internal security director Albert Ngulube.
The whereabouts of those apprehended are unknown and the military has not confirmed any arrests since Major General Sibusiso Moyo announced live on TV and radio ithe military had taken over. Sacked Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who flew out of the country two days after he was relieved of his duties on November 8, reportedly jetted back into the country on Tuesday night.
After being axed, Mnangagwa promised the nation that he only needed a few weeks to remove Mugabe from power, and in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the military took over all broadcasting stations in the country and made the announcement.
A source says the presidential guard unit at Mugabe’s blue roofed mansion said they will not provide anyone from their unit as security if he wants to leave, seemingly confirming reports that the aging head of state is under house arrest.
Zimbabwe’s military chief Constantino Chiwenga on Monday had warned those responsible for "purging" the country's ruling Zanu-PF party of memebrs with military background to stop, or the military would take "drastic action".
Zanu PF youth league leader Kudzanayi Chipanga’s statement on Tuesday when he challenged Chiwenga and declared the youth was ready to die defending Mugabe had also reportedly riled the military commander.
- African News Agency (ANA)